We hear a lot about corporate social responsibility these days, but it wasn’t until the nonprofit B Lab introduced the concept of B Corporations that consumers could actually hold those businesses accountable. B Corporations are for-profit companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Today there are over a hundred B Corps in Colorado, and they range from fintech companies to grocers to software developers — and just about everything in between.
See which Colorado tech companies put their money where their mouth is when it comes to giving back.
Altvia creates data-driven, Salesforce-integrated software tools for VCs, investors and fund managers. While it may seem like an unlikely business to have such a strong commitment to social responsibility, doing good for employees, the community and the environment is ingrained in its mission. As a certified B corporation, the company partners closely with several nonprofit organizations including Access Opportunity, Broomfield Fish, The African Community Center of Denver and Chanda Plan Foundation.
Door to Door Organics was the first grocery store in Colorado to receive B corp status. The online grocer works with local farmers to deliver fresh, organic produce directly to consumers’ doors. Users can set up recurring subscriptions or order one-off deliveries, and the site even helps users create healthy recipes from the produce they receive. In addition to helping shoppers reduce their carbon footprint, Door to Door also keeps 44 percent more food out of landfills than the average supermarket and donates over 500,000 pounds of food to local food banks each year.
Impact Hub Boulder isn’t your average coworking space. It focuses specifically on businesses with positive global impact in mind. The company currently operates more than 80 facilities worldwide, helping build community and support on a local level through member programming, mentorship and collaborative workspace.
When it launched in 1999, aWhere focused on helping developing nations create better farming practices and achieve better yields through its real-time agriculture insights. But the company quickly realized some potential applications for agricultural businesses and government decision makers as well. Today, aWhere collects over seven billion agricultural data points every day, which enable everyone from farmers to policy makers to make more informed and more sustainable agricultural decisions.
Denver-based CauseLabs uses technology as a force for good by building custom software platforms and mobile applications to help businesses and organizations grow their impact throughout the world. CauseLabs not only builds the tech, but the team also works with their clients to strategize and develop ideas, design the prototypes and then execute the final product. Their clients range from nonprofit organizations and universities to businesses and investors, and have included names like the World Economic Forum and LEGO.
Techstars is a household name in Colorado tech, but many people don’t know that the now-global startup accelerator is also a certified B corp. Aside from the work they do to help founders launch their businesses, Techstars has also developed the Techstars Foundation, a nonprofit supporting diversity in entrepreneurship. It’s also donated 1 percent of the company’s equity to Pledge 1%, an organization that supports nonprofits in local communities.
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